Dec 08

There’s a bug in Apple’s software that means you can’t clone your hard disk on a Silicon Mac yet. You will be able to use Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner to make a backup, but you can’t yet make a bootable backup.

Here’s the message from Carbon Copy Cloner:

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Nov 30

If you don’t yet have an SSD in your Mac, it’s time to upgrade!

By far the biggest speed boost on a Mac comes with upgrading the Hard Disk to an SSD. A faster processor (i7 etc) will improve the speed of some tasks, more RAM can avoid a slowdown, but a faster SSD improves the speed of everything. If you still have an old Hard Disk I can’t say how strongly I suggest upgrading.

a faster SSD improves the speed of everything

I received an email today from Amazon telling me that 240GB SSD drives are AU$42.19. I just checked the US store and you can get a 1TB Crucial MX500 drive for $94.99. These prices are ridiculously cheap.

I wrote this article back in August 2018 about how to upgrade to an SSD drive . Back then a 480GB drive was $1579.99!

So if you are running a 2012 MacBook with an old SATA drive, or even a 2018 iMac without an SSD, grab one, and install it. It’s not complicated.

There are good instructions at macfixit.

How to pull apart an iMac

How to pull apart a macbook

How to pull apart a Mac mini

Check out your Mac first to see if the Hard disk is upgradable.

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Oct 11

I have a friend who  has a 120 GB MacBook Air and his hard drive was filling up. There were lots of suggestions on the Internet as to what might be causing it – Spotify cache,  system files, movies,  but what’s the best way to find out what is using up your hard disk space?  An old but I think still the best application for doing this is Disk Inventory X.  I wrote an article back in 2010 on how to use it here: Disk Inventory X.   Seven years later disc inventory X is still the best app for this so here’s a bit of a reminder on how to use it.

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Sep 22

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If your main Hard disk is full, here’s a great little free app to help you see what’s using up the space. It’s called OmniDiskSweeper. If you are a beginner this article might be better for you, but for advanced users, OmniDiskSweeper is better – it shows hidden files.

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Nov 07

Did you know that more free space your Hard Drive has the faster it will operate?

Did you know that it should never be over 90% full?

How can you tell if getting a bigger hard drive will help your computer run faster?

Here’s how to see how full your macintosh computer hard disk is and what to do about it.

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May 01

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Is your old laptop or computer running a bit slowly? It could be that the hard drive is too small and all your hard disk space is all used up. Here are a few different ways to recover some extra Hard Drive space.

You should never fill your hard drive to more than approx 80% capacity or it will slow down performance?
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